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Route 66 Kansas


"There's only 13.2 miles of Route 66 in Kansas, and it is the only state to be completely bypassed.  But every mile is worth seeing.  There's railroad, mining and labor history, restored gas stations, a beloved character from the movie "Cars", a Rainbow Bridge and a genuine cow town.  And a big plus, it's the only 66 state you can drive across and never see the Interstate!"

Joe Sonderman , noted author  (newest publication  Route 66 Postcards)




"Your Kansas Route 66 Visitor Center"

Link to United States and International Route 66 Associations

Kansas Department of Transportation press release - "Kansas Historic Byway Designation"


Even though Route 66’s presence in Kansas is a short 13 miles, it retains much of its Mother Road character as it passes through Baxter Springs, Riverton, and Galena in Cherokee County.


A 1.2 mile section of Route 66 between the Missouri state line and Galena is listed on the National Register as the Kansas Route 66 Historic District – East Galena.


Popular tourist destinations that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Kansas include the Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station and the Williams’ Store in Riverton.


Nostalgia on wheels with Little Guy trailers.


In the early days, as Route 66 entered Kansas and Oklahoma, it dramatically changed.  Previously in Illinois and Missouri, Route 66 had seldom gone through the center of town but instead skirted the outside of the towns where budding commercial strips were beginning to emerge.  As Route 66 now ran through Kansas and Oklahoma, it truly became the Main Street of America, following Main Streets through most cities and towns all the way to California.


Get Your Kicks On Route 66 - Kansas Route 66 Attractions



Get your kicks while traveling Route 66 through Kansas
"The Mother Road"

Galena, Riverton, Baxter Springs

Published Travel Documentary by Kieth Stokes - Kansas Travel


Visit (13 miles) Baxter Springs Riverton and Galena.

Discover Our Interactive

Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Map

Interactive map provided by the National Park Service

(click on map to find out information about your location on Route 66)


U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. This travel itinerary aids the public to visit the historic placesthat recall those images and experiences that are reminders of our past and evidence of the influence of the automobile.


The Route 66 DiscoverOur Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary was produced by the National Park Service's Heritage Education Services and the National Park Service Route66 Corridor Preservation Program, in partnership with the American Express and World Monuments Fund Sustainable Tourism Initiative and theNational Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.